The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is pleased to present Crowd Burst, an exhibition consisting of a new mixed media photographic installation by Las Vegas artist Heather Protz.
Titled From the Series: Crowd Burst - Fremont 2, this installation piece builds on the expansive body of black and white photographs in Protz’s dynamic ongoing series, Turning the Tables: A View from the Street (2014 - present). Combining street photography with reflective material, the artist fills the Marjorie Barrick Museum’s outdoor Window Gallery with a compact work that brings every passer-by into the space of a Las Vegas crowd. Crowd Burst represents a fresh development in Protz’s ongoing quest to find the elusive moments that reveal the essence of quotidian life in the city.
Speaking about Turning the Tables for the Lenscratch States Project in 2015, she said, “Shooting in the photographic tradition of street photography, Las Vegas, my hometown, became a rich source of inspiration. From Vegas I have ventured to other cities, photographing the locals, the tourists, the young, the old, the affluent, and the down and out. From the ordinary actions of the natives to the curiosity of the sightseer, this series examines the daily experience of people navigating a city.”
A companion piece to Crowd Burst will be exhibited in the third annual Eclectic Womxn exhibition at Savidan Gallery this March in celebration of Women’s Month. The exhibition opens on Saturday, March 4 and runs until April 28. Savidan is located at 1310 S 3rd St Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89104.
Crowd Burst will be on view at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at UNLV from March 14 - July 8, 2023, with an opening reception on March 24. Entry to the Museum is free. Masks are recommended.
Heather Protz, artist, educator, and explorer, resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Fe, New Mexico, creating art that ranges from documentary work to large-scale conceptual pieces. Protz earned her BFA from The University of Akron and her MFA from Ohio University. Her photography has appeared in venues around the country, with exhibitions in New York, Washington, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Florida, and across Nevada. In 2001 she received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, and in 2009, a Nevada Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Protz is a tenured professor at the College of Southern Nevada.